WASHINGTON – Ben Olsen will lead D.C. United into battle against Toronto FC in the final game of a three-month stint as interim head coach on Saturday night, and the close of that testing tenure is surely on his mind.
Yet the departure of Jaime Moreno is just about the only topic on his lips this week, as his longtime friend and colleague prepares to ride into the sunset after one final Saturday evening at RFK Stadium.
NEW YORK – D.C. United President and CEO Kevin Payne has confirmed that
current DC interim manager Ben Olsen will not be a candidate for the head-coaching job in 2011.
NEW YORK – MLS Commissioner Don Garber will be among the
many soccer dignitaries in attendance at RFK Stadium on Saturday night for what
will be Jaime Moreno’s final match in a D.C. United jersey after a 15-year MLS career.
“Major League Soccer wouldn’t be where it is today without
so many of those special players who helped launch the league and helped us
achieve the level of success that we have today,” Garber told MLSsoccer.com.
“Certainly, Jaime Moreno is one of those persons.
Jaime Moreno, after 15 seasons in MLS, is done. The D.C. United legend will say goodbye on Saturday at RFK Stadium.
What he leaves behind is hard to put into words or even thoughts. He will always be remembered for his numbers—132 goals, four MLS Cups, five Best XI nods—and for the highlight images he produced as one of the subtlest magicians this league has ever seen or will ever see.
But he also leaves behind something much more. The very league itself.
MLS will bid a fond farewell to D.C. United legend Jaime Moreno this weekend. And no one will be fonder of saying adiós than the many defenders he has terrorized during his 15-year career.
“I would definitely say that,” veteran Kansas City Wizards defender Jimmy Conrad told MLSsoccer.com this week. He laughed and added, “I’m particularly happy he’s going because he’s had my number over the years.”
WATCH: Moreno's trophy case
During our recent trip to the Moreno Mansion, Jaime was gracious enough to show us his library. It’s actually less like a library and more like a shrine. The walls are lined with trophies, medals, special gifts, and photo displays highlighting key moments from his career for both club and country.
La gran leyenda del D.C. United y de la MLS, Jaime Moreno, jugará su último partido este sábado con la playera del United. El delantero boliviano se está preparando para lo será la gran despedida de uno de los indiscutibles líderes de la liga.
Por tal motivo, el atacante de 36 años de edad, quien anotó 132 goles en quince temporadas, estará presente en un chat con ESPN Deportes este viernes a partir de la 1 p.m. ET dándole la oportunidad a sus seguidores de preguntarle directamente acerca de su sensacional carrera emelesera.
Steve Zakuani has tallied 10 goals for the Seattle Sounders this season. His 10th, against Chivas USA last Friday, earned the Sounders their third straight AT&T Goal of the Week and Zakuani's second such honor this season.
WASHINGTON— El delantero boliviano Jaime Moreno, quien con sus 132 goles en quince temporadas ayudó al D.C. United a ganar cuatro títulos de la MLS, vestirá por última vez en su carrera los colores del club, cuando el equipo enfrente al Toronto FC este sábado 23 de octubre a las 7:30pm ET en el Estadio RFK.